Via Ferrata in Reit im Winkl

Reit im Winkl – rather known as skiing spot – ┬áhas a new summer attraction: a nice via ferrata!
As the setting is beautiful, right along a waterfall, the access is easy and it is not very long, I gathered some friends to check it out.

Location: Reit im Winkl, Hausbachfall
Duration: Ascend: 1h 30m, Descend: 30m
Difficulty: B/C

The access is really easy and there are signs guiding you from the center of Reit im Winkl. Before reaching the bridge at the Hausbach waterfall, where it starts, you can warm up in the bare foot parc or cool your feet in a traditional Kneipp bath.
The difficulty might be suitable for beginners, if they are accompagnied by experienced partners.
The start looks pretty scary as it is very steep and exposed, so you definitely should not have fear of heights..
One of my friends was doing his very first via ferrata here and made it without problems, but he is a fit and sporty guy.

 

Hausbachfall in Reit im Winkl

The Hausbachfall in Reit im Winkl

The first part of the via ferrata

The first part of the via ferrata

The waterfall is all along the via ferrate

The waterfall is all along the via ferrata

The first part features most of the tricky passages

The first part features most of the tricky passages

The sight is always gorgeous

The sight is always gorgeous

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

As the rock was quite wet you had to use the cable quite a lot

As the rock was quite wet you had to use the cable quite a lot

The Hausbach waterfall in the background

The Hausbach waterfall in the background

Klettersteig Reit im Winkl

Klettersteig Reit im Winkl

The Hausbach waterfall

The water is crystal clear and drinkable

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Always look for you buddies!

From below you hear the water rushing

From below you hear the water rushing

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Klettersteig Reit im Winkl

Klettersteig Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Hausbach waterfall

Hausbach waterfall

The first section from above

The first section from above

The second section seen from the descent hiking path

The second section seen from the descent hiking path

The first section of the Klettersteig

The first section of the Klettersteig

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

Via ferrata Reit im Winkl

 

 

One thing is important to mention, as we encountered this “problem” of the via ferrata:
The via ferrata is not drying out fast, as there are meadows above it and they conserve the rain water and slowly pour it over the rocks.
That gives you cooling on a hot day, but also rises the difficulty level and the risk of injuries due to slipping.
But it is still doable when the rocks are wet, you just need more power and concentration.
I guess it will need 3 or 4 days to dry out properly, we had rain 2 days before!

If you try it, I wish you a great day in that lovely valley!

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